Sunday’s Obituary – Benjamin Franklin Shackford (1835-1879), painter, upholster, musician (Blog 455)

Benjamin Franklin Shackford, the son of William and Sarah (Dearborn) Shackford was born in 1835 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  His father must have died before 1850 as he and his siblings Nathaniel and Edwin were supporting his mother Sarah in Portsmouth by working as a clerk, shoemaker, and chairmaker respectively.  By 1855 he was living with his brother Edwin in Boston and the next year he was boarding at 49 South Margin working as a painter.

Benjamin married Grace Grizzela Watson, the daughter of John B Watson on June 28, 1860. They lived in Boston at 17 Auburn and 46 Tileston where he was living and working as a painter when he was included on a draft registration list ,  By 1870 he was living in Chelsea, Massachusetts working as an upholsterer and moved to 125 Division Street.

While we haven’t found that he served in the military, we know that in 1876 he performed for the Grand Army Quartette.

Benjamin was only 44 when he died of heart disease on May 20, 1879.   He had at least three obituaries, one in the Fitchburg Daily Sentinel, one in the Boston Post, and a short notice in the Boston Daily Globe.  From the Fitchburg Daily Sentinel, we learn that he had been working as a steward and a clerk at the Appleton Arms at D. A. Putnum, a hotel agency and performed for the Cynthias Quartette. We believe he also played for the Mystic Quartet because a miniature wooden chair with an inscription “B Franklin Shackford Mystic Quartette Boston 1858 was being sold online years ago.”

Benjamin’s wife Grace was only 37 when she became a widow responsible for raising five children.  By 1900 she was living with son Harry,  She  died on Dec 30, 1915 in Everett at the age of 73

Obituary Benjamin F Shackford Boston Post May 21, 1879

Sudden Death.

At 7:30 o’clock on Tuesday evening, as the Chelsea
ferry-beat Delaware was nearing the Boston slip, a
commotion was caused among the passengers by an
unknown man who suddenly dropped upon the cabin
floor. He was taken into the waiting room at the
ferry, where he died in about fifteen minutes. He
was identified as Benjamin F. Shackford, aged 40
years, and upholsterer by trade, living at No. 152
Division street Chelsea. The body was taken to
Station Eight and Medical Examiner Harris called
who pronounced it a case of heart disease.

CHILDREN:

William Bell Shackford (1860-1922) – married Hannah F Haley and Mary Eliza Howe, worked as a driver and clerk for the grocery store Cobb, Bates, Yerxa

Julie Mae Shackford (1863-1878) – died at age 15

Frederick Stowe Shackford (1866-1945) – married Jessie Ann MacQuillon, worked as a watchman for a department store

Stillborn Shackford (1869-1869)

Harry Willard Shackford (1870-1926) – married Alice Maud Ordway, worked as a bakery as a teamster

Lillian Augusta Shackford (1874-aft 1931) – married William Greenfield Phillips

Alice Baldwin Shackford (1876-aft 1930) – married William F Pickard

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SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Portsmouth, page 179 (penned), 90 (stamped), dwelling [unclear]. family 1402, Sarah Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 29 July 2014).

1855 Massachusetts State Census, Suffolk County, population schedule, Boston, Edwin Shackford; digital images, Family Search (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 29 July 2014).

1860 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Boston, Page No 150, dwelling 321, family 1196, Benjamin F Shackford in home of John L Drew; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 September 2017).

1870 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Chelsea, dwelling 1488, family 1640, Benj J Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 19 June 2017).

1880 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population census, Chelsea, enumeration district (ED) 787, Page No 40, dwelling 306, family no 436, Grace Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 June 2017).

1900 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Revere, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 1576, Sheet No 19A, 16 Page St, dwelling 326, family 362???, Harry W Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 1 February 2016).

“DIED.,” Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 22 May 1879, Benjamin F Shackford; digital images, ProQuest Obituaries (http://obituaries.proquest.com : accessed 10 December 2014).

“Grand Army Entertainment,” Cambridge Chronicle (Cambridge, Massachusetts), 15 April 1876; digital images, Cambridge Public Library (http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com : accessed 10 September 2017).

“Massachusetts City Directories,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry : accessed 10 September 2017), Benjamin F Shackford.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, , Benjamin F Shackford m Grace G Watson, 28 June 1860; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 30 March 2014).

“New Ipswich,” Fitchburg Daily Sentinel (Fitchburg, Massachusetts), 12 June 1879; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 January 2015).

“Sudden Death,” Boston Post (Boston, Massachusetts), 21 May 1879; digital images, Access Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 20 June 2017).

“U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 September 2017), B T Shackford

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Military Monday – Charles Frederick Shackford of Revere Commissioned a 2nd Lt on July 22, 1919 (Blog 401)

Our only record of Charles Frederick Shackford’s military service comes from the Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts For the Year Ending December 31, 1919 which lists Charles’ commission to 2nd Lt on July 22, 1919.

charles-frederick-shackford-u-s-adjutant-general-military-records-1631-1976-google-booksFifteenth Regiment Infantry
Second Lieutenant
Charles F. Shackford, Revere, Commissioned July 22, 1919
Original Entry to Service: State Guard, 15th regt., D co., June 7, 1917 to July 22, 1919

We do not know what Charles did in the Massachusetts Guard but know that he during his time of service he completed a WWI draft card which stated that he resided at 12 Montfern Ave in Revere on Sept 12, 1918 and was working for the A E Little Company on 70 Blake Street in Lynn.

Charles was born on November 17, 1883 in Chelsea to Frederick Stowe and Jessie Ann (MacQuillon) Shackford who were very young when he was born – 17 and 15.  We’re not sure why we can’t find Charles in the 1900 census (we do find his parents) but we do find him in the 1902 and 1904 Revere Directories listed as a clerk boarding in his parent’s home at 153 State Road.  We also know he was 19 when his younger sister Lillian May Shackford was born in 1902.

In 1909 Charles married Nellie Elizabeth Gibby, the daughter of Samuel and Nellie (Loring) Gibby. By 1910 they were living at 12 Montfern Av in Revere.  We find them at this address in every census and directory until their deaths with Charles working as a clerk in a shoe factory, distribution clerk at a Gas Light Company, and with General Electric in Malden.  Charles was also at this address when he registered for the draft in 1942 and was working for the Malden Gas & Electric Company.

Nellie died in 1943 in Malden and Charles died in April 1965.  We only know of their deaths from the Massachusetts  and the Social Security Death Index and do not know of any burial records at this time.

CHILDREN:

None known.

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SOURCES:

1910 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Revere, enumeration district (ED) 1680, Sheet No 19A, house visited 336, family no 433, Charles Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 January 2017).

1920 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Revere, enumeration district (ED) 656, Sheet No 11A, dwelling 102, family 231, Charles F Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 January 2017).

1930 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Revere, enumeration district (ED) 13-551, Sheet No 10B, dwelling 159, family 243, Charles F Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 January 2017).

Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts For the Year Ending December 31, 1919 (Boston: Wright & Potter, State Printers, 1920), 178; digital images, Google Books (https://books.google.com : accessed 8 January 2017.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915, , Frederick S Shackford, 17 November 1883; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 21 October 2016).

Massachusetts “Massachusetts, Death Index, 1901-1980,” index book, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 September 2013), Nellie E (Gibby) Shackford d. Revere 1943.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915, , Charles F Shackford, 17 November 1909; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 January 2017).

“U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014,” index, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 January 2017), Charles Shackford.

“U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 January 2017), Charles Frederick Shackford; citing : United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

“U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 January 2017), Charles Frederick Shackford.

Copyright 2017 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not just copy this material and paste it elsewhere)